New Zealand’s best Vert Skaters descended on a practically undisclosed Wanaka location yesterday for the first National Vert Titles Competition in over a decade.

The day was put together with the primary support of local Wanaka businesses and was enjoyed by a rolling crowd of 500-600 spectators over the day.

All in all the event was a huge success. Skateboarding New Zealand plans to work in partnership with more towns around the country to help define and invigorate the local scenes, while inspiring the skaters to progress and excel.

Thanks to all the skaters, event partners and community of Wanaka for coming together to make an incredible day!


Open Men:
1. Chris Wood
2. Cale Tolley
3. Josh Wilson
4. Hamish Stewart
5. Chris Curran

1. Ramon Thackwell
2. Leigh “Squeak” Mckenzie
3. Sean Ritchie
4. Shaka Wereta
5. Dave North

16 & Under:
1. Niwa Shewry
2. Zedyn Fellows
3. Remus Henare
4. Hugo Fischer
5. Orlando Dreenean

1. Rhya Henare
2. Krysta Ashwell
3. Billie Morrison

Full photo gallery and video coverage to come.

Special thanks to all our event partners: Event Hosted by Nick and La Fellows with huge support from Dave from Wanaka, and Unsubscribe Media. Taonga (trophies) carved and koha’d by Hannah Sheehan Jewellery.

Sponsored by Roofing Hub Ltd, Water bar, TMC Transport 2018 Ltd, The Film Crew Ltd, TopCoat Decorators Ltd, Morgan Engineering & Marine Ltd, Cheapskates Wanaka, Ali Barbers , Proclame Underlay, Mike Greer, Jennian Homes, Harcourts, Firbesco tools, Diamond Roofing, Step up (Powell & Modus), New World, Lions Club, Burgess Electrical, Finework Model, Copious, SkullCandy and Merge4.

Prizes kindly contributed by Converse, OPTC, Copious, Skullcandy, Cheapskates Wanaka, Acid Skateboards and Ola Surf and Lifestyle. End of life packaging by Innocent Packaging. Filming/Editing by Oscar/Joe @ The Film Crew. Photography by Tom Peden and Ray. Music by DJ Jay Miller’s funk punk band and Reon Morland’s “Slow”. P.A. Jay Miller and Bob Fellows. Scaffold Seating provided by Wanaka Scaffold. Curtain-Sider truck for covered and elevated viewing spot provided by Upper Clutha Transport. Toilets by Hire Centre Wanaka. Ramp advertising decals supplied and installed by Pukka. Foam Rollers provided by MetaMed Clinic and Osteopathic treatments and therapeutic massage for skaters provided by Anna Burgess, Osteopath. Pre Parties at Rhyme and Reason Brewery and Post Office Lane. After Party and DJ organised by Waterbar.